House Full of Friends

A House Full of Friends

     
 
In 1997 the founders of the Magic Marker label, Mark and Curt, moved into a big house in SE Portland and began having shows first in the basement, then in the living room. Magic Marker's House Full of Friends collection is a brilliantly conceived, lovingly executed remembrance of the house and the many nights of indie pop glory. The 34 songs on the two discs

Overview

In 1997 the founders of the Magic Marker label, Mark and Curt, moved into a big house in SE Portland and began having shows first in the basement, then in the living room. Magic Marker's House Full of Friends collection is a brilliantly conceived, lovingly executed remembrance of the house and the many nights of indie pop glory. The 34 songs on the two discs make up nearly the entire slate of acts that played the Magic Marker house between 1997 and 2004. The artists range from indie pop royalty like the Shins, the Lucksmiths, the Decemberists, Dressy Bessy, Softies and the Aislers Set to lesser-known but still worthy artists like Cowboy, Benji Cossa, My Little Brother, Aerospace and Darren Hanlon. The songs are a good mix of previously released tracks, rarities and unreleased songs and the two discs unspool like a history of turn of the century indie pop. Listing highlights would be a lengthy and ultimately fruitless endeavor because it would read just like the track list. Well, if pressed maybe, there's Mates of State's surgingly beautiful "Invitation Inn," Benji Cossa's lo-fi blend of '70s soft rock and ska horns on "Going Back, No More," the Shins' loose take on T. Rex's "Baby Boomerang," the Aislers Set's unreleased "Untitled," Softies' "It's Love" recorded live at MM house, and Darren Hanlon's lovely "Video Store." The booklet comes with a handy guide to staging your own house shows (good luck finding bands this good) and is loaded with great photos of the bands in various states of rocking out (check out the cloud of sweaty fog the Thermals performance created.) One of the regulars, Jeff Mawer, was a pro photographer and his shots are dead-on at re-creating the intimate joys of the house show. Any indie popper who has ever been to a house show has to just marvel at the quality of the bands that played the MM house and revel in the chance to relive the memories vicariously.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
Label:
Magic Marker
UPC:
0678277073623
catalogNumber:
25

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Kneebending
  2. Once Again
  3. Invitation Inn
  4. Chelsea Beautiful
  5. Indochine Kru (Come and See)
  6. Top of the Earth
  7. Le Project Citron
  8. Going Back, No More
  9. Hong Kong Flu
  10. I Gotta Run
  11. Better Things
  12. Anything and Everything
  13. The Chimbley Sweep
  14. Sarah, You're Not for Me
  15. My Little Brother
  16. Penny Farthing
  17. You & I Were One

Disc 2

  1. Bad Things
  2. Grizzly Bear
  3. Don't You Stop
  4. Baby Boomerang
  5. 4306 Se 34th Ave
  6. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  7. Camera
  8. House Full of Friends
  9. Hey May
  10. [Untitled]
  11. Rocketship
  12. Queen of Sandcastles
  13. Sad, Sad, Day
  14. The Living End
  15. Video Store
  16. Time You Have Been Wasting
  17. It's Love

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